Classique Foundation

The Classique Foundation is a non-profitable cultural organisation that aims to promote music culture in the Maltese Islands by organising regular concerts. In doing so, the Foundation encourages and promotes local artists, especially up-and-coming ones. The Foundation is funded, completely and solely by local institutions who contribute in no small measure towards the realisation of its programme of events.

Although it was formally constituted in 2009, the underlying mechanism of the Foundation has been in place for quite a number of years and has been operating on an informal basis since 2000.  The idea of embarking on this project to promote classical music was born after a vocal and orchestral concert, Celebrity Concert, was organized at the Gozo Cathedral on the 28th April 2000. This was followed by another concert Verdi in concerto commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. This was held in Victoria, Gozo, at the Don Bosco Oratory Theatre on the 5th May 2001.

In 2002, the Foundation’s current artistic/music director, Joseph Debrincat, was the mastermind behind the successful organisation of the Malta Première of Giacomo Puccini’s first opera Le Villi. This was performed in concert version, open-air at the Cathedral Square within Gozo’s ancient fortified Citadel, as well as at the President’s Palace Courtyard, Valletta, Malta. It featured the National Orchestra of Malta (now MPO) together with three international renowned singers. This première was also attended by the grand daughter of the composer and President of the Istituto di Studi Pucciniani, Dr. Simonetta Puccini.

The year 2003 brought another highly acclaimed orchestral concert – Celebrity Concert 2003 – this time, at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Malta.

In November 2008, the Classique Foundation chose to mark an anniversary and honour a great composer. Hence, it produced the Puccini150 – Anniversary Concert, marking the 150th birth anniversary of Giacomo Puccini. It was performed in front of a sold-out Aurora Opera House, featuring two internationally renowned singers and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of the artistic/music director of the Foundation Joseph Debrincat. This unprecedented success set the ball rolling to have the organisation of these concerts set in more formal terms, and the Classique Foundation was formally instituted and entrusted to continue with such projects.

With all the statutory formalities in place, the Classique Foundation returned to the Aurora Opera House in 2011, this time for the Grand Operatic Concert featuring soprano Alessandra Rezza, tenor Franco Anile and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, once more, under the direction of Joseph Debrincat.

Slowly but steadily, the Classique Foundation has established itself as a musical promoter of dignity and repute. Its penchants lay not in the number of events, but rather in the finesse of the product and the unwavering support of the generous Maltese and foreign audiences. With this curriculum now in its teenage years, holding firm to its founding roots, the Classique Foundation faces its bright future with great optimism and enthusiasm and commits itself to continuing its tradition and mission of promoting culture and music in the Maltese Islands.

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